Rubio Moves Further Right, Scolds Dream Act Kids

"Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) sent President Obama a written warning yesterday: use executive actions to address problems in our immigration system and it will 'close the door' to congressional Republicans tackling the issue 'for the foreseeable future,'" MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show reports

"For many involved in the debate, Rubio’s threat rang hollow. As the White House already realizes, Republicans refuse to work on immigration anyway.

But while the Florida Republican’s warning drew chuckles among stakeholders yesterday, Peter Hamby’s report on a Rubio appearance in South Carolina this week was far less amusing. The conservative senator was in the Palmetto State to campaign alongside far-right Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.), but was interrupted at an event by Dream Act kids.

For an ambitious Republican looking to prove his conservative bona fides and rub out the stain of working with Chuck Schumer and Harry Reid, the interruption was something of a gift. A plugged-in Republican operative turned to a reporter and observed dryly, 'I couldn’t think of a better way to make Rubio look good in South Carolina.' 

The audience of nearly 1,200 conservatives jeered the protestors as Rubio waited for them to be escorted out of the Anderson Civic Center, scolding them in the process. 

'We are a sovereign country that deserves to have immigration laws,' Rubio said. 'You’re doing harm to your own cause because you don’t have a right to illegally immigrate to the United States.'"

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